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English Through Sustainability & Service Learning

Course Description

Classes will be built around Sustainability and Service Learning. Each class will focus on developing students’ listening, speaking, reading, writing, and vocabulary skills while also increasing their understanding of American culture. Classes are communicative in approach and student-centered in their delivery. Students will have ample opportunity to explore cultural topics and expand their English language skills through small group activities, projects, and interaction outside the classroom in the ֱState and greater ֱcommunities.

Students will be in class for 16-17 instruction hours and 3-4 service learning hours Monday through Thursday, totaling 20 hours per week. Fridays and Saturdays are filled with fun activities.

Class Activities and Field Trips

Classes give students the opportunity to use and practice their English in real-life situations. Students can visit and write about places in Portland; attend cultural events; talk with PSU students; listen to guest speakers; discuss topics related to Sustainability, Service Learning, and American culture; and experience volunteering in the community.

Activities () and field trips may include:

  • Attend weekly international coffee hour to chat with other PSU students
  • Go to outlet mall for tax-free shopping
  • Participate in a downtown ֱwalking tour
  • Experience ֱFood Culture (Blue Star and Voodoo Donuts, Salt & Straw ice-cream, Stumptown Coffee, and food carts from around the world)
  • Visit other popular ֱplaces like Saturday Market, the Farmer’s Market, Powell's Bookstore, coffee shops, etc.
  • Participate in FOCUS (community organization) picnics
  • Attend music festivals or see movies in the park to experience American culture

The class content will focus on one of the as established by the United Nations.

Below are some examples of topics, guest speakers, field trips, and service-learning activities.

Class topics may include:

We have used guest speakers who are affiliated with ֱState University:

ֱState University offices we're partnered with:

Guest speakers from community organizations:

Plus a service learning activity:

  • Service Learning garden project with
  • Service Learning project with
  • Service Learning project with
  • Service Learning project with

Program Dates

WINTER 2024 Session Closed

SUMMER 2024 August 5 - August 22, 2024

Program Fees and On-Campus Housing Information

Please contact us at isp.programs@pdx.edu for more information about program fees.

All students will stay in campus dormitories during this program.
There will be NO meals provided.

Program Eligibility

  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older
  • Most participants are students at a university or college, but it is not a requirement
  • There is no required English test score

Deadlines and Notifications

  • You must apply by May 26 to secure on-campus housing; space is limited.
  • A 2.75% credit card processing fee will be applied to all credit card payments.
  • All meals are included as part of the homestay program.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

  • The program fee includes a $120 non-refundable application fee.
  • If you cancel 30+ days prior to the program start date, you will receive a full refund of the program fee minus the $120 non-refundable application fee. You will not be refunded the housing fee.
  • If you cancel between the 30 and 15 days prior to the start of the program, you will be refunded 50% of the program fee minus the $120 non-refundable application fee. You will not be refunded the housing fee.
  • If you cancel within 14 days prior to the program, you will be refunded 33% of the program fee minus the $120 non-refundable application fee. You will not be refunded the housing fee.
  • Once the program has started there will be no refunds.